Effective July 1, 2012, all drivers are prohibited from engaging in the review, preparation, or transmission of written communications via handheld wireless electronic devices while operating a motor vehicle (ID Code Sec. 49-1401A).
Violations of this law receive primary enforcement but will be considered infractions meriting a fine of $85. They are not moving violations, and no points will be assessed against a driver's license.
The prohibition does not include voice-operated or hands-free electronic devices that allow a driver to review, prepare, or transmit text messages without the use of his or her hands except to activate or deactivate the device.
Law enforcement, fire, or emergency personnel are exempt.
Cell phone use. Currently, there are no provisions banning the use of cell phones while driving.